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Research 101

The Basics

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The information world can be viewed from many different, overlapping points-of-view. For example, common concepts like fiction and non-fiction or speech and writing divide information into broad categories that can be helpful in understanding and organizing it. We start by looking at 3 of these points-of-view as a context for doing research.


  • Basic understanding of the Internet
  • Distinguish scholarly from popular communication
  • Distinguish primary from secondary information sources

Library Learning Outcomes

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After this module, the student should be able to:

  • 2b. Understand the characteristics and value of different types of resources (books, periodicals, Web sites) and their different formats (print, electronic).
  • 2c. Understand the characteristics and value of primary, secondary, and tertiary sources.
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